- 48 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 3, 1967
- Date of passing: Sep 3, 2015
After a courageous battle with breast cancer, Ann Marie Davis died on September 3rd, 2015 in Napa, CA at the age of 48.
Ann was born on April 3rd, 1967 in Farmington, MI, to father Charles R. Davis, Sr. and mother Barbara A. Davis, who predeceased her. She grew up in Detroit and graduated from Bishop Borgess HS in 1985. Annie lived in Salt Lake City and then Los Angeles before finding her true home in Napa Valley. She had a passion for wine and hospitality. She was an avid student, educator, and mentor in the wine business. Most recently, she worked at Joseph Phelps Winery and touched many people in the time she was there. As a devoted Detroit Lions fan she loved her fantasy football group and looked forward to the season every year. Annie easily acquired friends wherever she went. She is remembered for her contagious laugh, sharp wit, occasional “inappropriate” humor, and sweet spirit. She remained a brave, stoic woman, even throughout her final weeks.
Ann is survived by her brother Charles, Jr. “Chip”’, sister-in-law Beth, and her nephews Perry and Mitchell.
Please join us as we raise a glass for our dear Annie in celebration of her life. September 25th, at Bacco Ristorante 29410 Northwestern Hwy in Southfield, 4-5 p.m. family will be received and 5-8 p.m. all are welcome. The family would especially like to thank Dr. Ari Umutyan, Ann’s doctor, for fighting as hard as her and the staff of Queen of the Valley Hospital for their constant, caring treatment.
"Tossed and turned last night before bed and for some reason you popped into my head and I woke up to this notification it was your birthday today. Missing you everyday, your laugh and our times together, guessed you paid me a visit last night to remind me. Happy birthday Annie...I know you are having a killer time up there with all the greats! XOXO"
"Thank you for loving me unconditionally.I hold your grace and beauty forever in my heart."
"Ann reached out to me even though she only knew me from social media. The 21 months we shared our house were great. She was a great roommate and great friend. It was so sad to see her in so much pain but she persevered because she was tough and didn't want others to feel bad for her. She was a true hero. I miss her...But will always keep her memories close..."
"I reconnected with Ann in Yountville 3 years ago when she took a few precious days off to join me on a vacation. We ate delicious food and drank ridiculous wine but then she walked me down the street to some infamous dive bar where we drank Fernet and people watched. She was truly the easiest person to be yourself with and honest without ever being cruel. We laughed at getting older as we each pulled up our flashlight app in Bouchon because we couldn't see the menu in the dark! We sang "This Girl is On Fire" a half dozen times and it will now remind me of her for the rest of my life."
"When Annie was working at the Beverly Hills Hilton, she told me that if I'm ever in LA I could stay there for free. I stayed there for about four days, but only saw her for about 15 minutes. She was working non-stop. One day I was lounging by the pool, pretending to be a rich Hollywood hotel guest. Annie kept zipping by - working. I felt guilty, but I'm sure she was happy that I was able to experience the ritzy hotel. Beyond being a hard worker, she was truly a very nice person. And, as we all know, always cheerful and smiling."
"Annie joined our world through Beth and Chips marriage where she entered as extended family along with Chuck and Barb. First at holiday gatherings, then at children's birthday parties, both nephews and our own, and ultimately became an expected guest at events. She became a true part of our family. Further events followed including a shared vacation in the UP, a concert at Pine Knob, her regular visits during the holidays along with her own friends growing our gatherings even further. A particularly memorable occasion was when she snuck back to Detroit to surprise Chip for his fortieth birthday party which he blindly walked in to. She seemed always at ease with us, with our kids, a genuine friend and an adopted aunt. Her sense of humor, and sometimes off beat humor always brought a laugh to all, and why not throw that in, she was the aunt, and often what she said tied into what others were thinking but could not say- kudos. But we remember overall, she was a genuine, caring and nice person. While we lost some contact once she moved to Napa, we caught up during her visits as if no time had passed, all of us a little older, the kids a little taller, her obviously enjoying California. It is apparent from the comments on Facebook from friends, co-workers, and people she had mentored that she had found her place, and for that we are happy. We will miss our Annie, taken away far too young, with so much yet to do. It is difficult to lose family, and memories must now fill the void of her absence in the future. God bless her, and to the Davis family strength at this difficult time."
"Dear Chip, Beth, Perry and Mitch,
Words will never convey how sad I feel about your Annie. She was such a valiant strong woman, who loved you all!! She was such a proud aunt!
We had so many good memories of shared holidays and vacations up north.
I am so glad to know she was living where she wanted to be and doing what she loved. Not many can say that!
She was much too young and yet she did it all with such good grace and style!
Love you all."
It has been a sweet 6 years being your friend and sharing precious moments together. You will continue to remind me to find humor in life and douse it with good vino, good company and to dance my ass off! I love you and miss you too much already, my sista!! Save me some of the good stuff when I see you again. XOXO"
"To Annie who was basically my second sister growing up. I have so many great memories that involved You Chip and Mary. I will always love you and keep you in my heart. Pete"
"We hold up our Spartan wine glasses high for you Ann Davis.....May God take great splendor in your beautiful smile that we will never forget...RIP Annie......."
"Love you Annie! It was a pleasure being your fantasy football scout and assistant coach! You are a true light"
"For my person...missing you my Annie Bananie :)"
"Cheers! Saluti! To Ann. Such a wonderful person who made everyone's life she touched better. Save a bottle or three for us all when we meet again!"
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